Aleksandr ROU
Александр РОУ
Aleksandr ROU
USSR, 1961, 69mn 
Colour, fiction
Evenings on a farm near Dikanka
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Вечера на хуторе близ Диканьки

 

 Les Veillées dans un hameau près de Dikanka

 Vechera na khutore bliz Dikanki

Other titles : A Night Before Christmas
 
Directed by : Aleksandr ROU (Александр РОУ)
Writing credits : Aleksandr ROU (Александр РОУ)
 
Cast
Vera ALTAISKAIA (Вера АЛТАЙСКАЯ) ...Femme de Panas
Aleksandr DEMIANENKO (Александр ДЕМЬЯНЕНКО) ...Le jeune homme
Dmitry KAPKA (Дмитрий КАПКА) ...Le tisserand
Lyudmila KHITYAYEVA (Людмила ХИТЯЕВА) ...Solokha
Aleksandr KHVYLIA (Александр ХВЫЛЯ) ...Tchoub
Anatoli KUBATSKY (Анатолий КУБАЦКИЙ)
Sergey MARTINSON (Сергей МАРТИНСОН) ...Le clerc
Georgi MILLIAR (Георгий МИЛЛЯР)
Irina MURZAEVA (Ирина МУРЗАЕВА)
Lyudmila MYZNIKOVA (Людмила МЫЗНИКОВА)
Aleksey SMIRNOV (Алексей СМИРНОВ) ...L'ambassadeur
Yuri TAVROV (Юрий ТАВРОВ)
Mikhail TROYANOVSKY (Михаил ТРОЯНОВСКИЙ)
 
Cinematography : Dmitry SURENSKY (Дмитрий СУРЕНСКИЙ)
Production design : Aleksandr DIKHTYAR (Александр ДИХТЯР)
Music : Arkadi FILIPPENKO (Аркадий ФИЛИППЕНКО)
Sound : Anatoli DIKAN (Анатолий ДИКАН)
Editing : Ksenia BLINOVA (Ксения БЛИНОВА)
Production : Gorky Film Studio
Release date in Russia : 08/12/1961
 
Site : Page IMDb

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Ruscico. 2005.
Langues : RU FR EN - Sous-titres : RU EN FR DE ES IT
Bonus : Interview de V. Dikhtiar, Récits d'Aleksandr Roou, Photoalbum

Plot synopsis
Based on the story “Christmas Eve” by Russian writer Nikolai Gogol.
The whimsical combination of Christmas phantasmagoria and an eccentric fairy tale makes this film an unforgettable spectacle. The action takes place both in a village of Dikanka in the Ukraine and at the palace of a Russian Empress. Blacksmith Vacula has enraged the devil himself: in a church he painted the devil’s figure in such a way that even the Hell’s inhabitants could not help laughing. Solokha, Vacula’s mother, is known to be a witch, not averse to flying on a besom. Vacula’s sweetheart, Oksana, demands for a Christmas present a pair of tcherevichki (shoes) that the Empress wears. Only then she will agree to marry Vacula. And the devil promises to help the blacksmith get the Empress’s shoes, on condition that Vacula sells him his soul. Meanwhile, Christmas is almost here.
Source : www.ruscico.com
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Alexandre Roou – Les Soirées du hameau près de Dikanka (1961), Russkaya Fantastika, 2019
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Festival de cinéma dans le cadre des journées européennes du livre russe, Paris (France), 2015
- Saison du cinéma russe 2015-2016, Lyon (France), 2015

Photos and videos
 

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